Manhattan Beach Pier — Justin W John
2220060 - Manhattan Beach Pier

Manhattan Beach Pier


Manhattan Beach Pier II​, 2019
Acrylic on stretched canvas
24 x 36 x 1.5 inches

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Manhattan Beach Pier​,
Acrylic on stretched canvas
48 x 60 x 1.5 inches

The Manhattan Beach Pier is located just south of Los Angeles, CA. Close to LAX, but seemingly a lifetime away. This beach, along with many others along the Pacific Coast Highway, are where the heart and soul of Southern California live. It’s no wonder why so many songs and movies have used them as their muse.

Growing up as a boy on the opposite side of the country, a son of two crazy Southern California kids, I soaked up the feelings through stories and spending summer vacations at Grandma & Grandpa’s house in Orange County.

I recently made a trek back to L.A. and had the opportunity to visit Manhattan Beach and spend a long afternoon with my toes in the sand and surf. I felt centered again. Afterward, I remembered why I hate real rush hour traffic. In Boise, people get up in arms if you have to wait 15 minutes in traffic. After melting in my car for a bit, I finally broke free from traffic. 

The following day I was able to drive up and down the Pacific Coast Highway, to Malibu and Santa Monica. Even though I didn’t grow up in Southern California, I can’t help but feel a connection, assumingly passed down the generations. A piece of me will always think of it as home.

Let me know your thoughts.

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